Lent term was filled with a whole host of activities great and small with the usual wellbeing events for staff coupled with the School taking part in Sports Relief 2018!
Sports Relief was a fun filled event to support this fantastic initiative from Comic Relief. Running nationwide, all the money raised supports truly amazing projects within the UK and across the world – from supporting those living with mental health issues to providing lifesaving maternal healthcare for mothers and babies, from helping those at risk of trafficking or domestic violence to joining the global fight to end malaria.
LSE’s take on Sport Relief offered a week-long programme with everything from basketball hoop and rowing challenges, to hula hoop classes as well as your more conventional boot camps, fun runs and bikeathons. Embracing the spirit of the LSE community, all activities were open to all students and staff. It was great fun - safe to say, we really did ‘take part, raise money, feel good’.
Staff wellbeing throughout Lent Term saw bite-sized mindfulness taster sessions for staff to learn a little more about the benefits of mindfulness meditation and the launch of the School’s first all-inclusive walking group – ‘Explore London’!
‘Explore London’ really got their walking shoes and trainers on and has since taken entertaining walks through local-to-campus London town, enjoying everything from the sights of James Bond filming locations to Royal Palaces and the wacky and wonderful Harry Potter spots right under our noses in and around Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It has been a great opportunity to foster networking across the staffing community from all corners of the School and continues to steadily grow.
Events also allowed for the opportunity to try out a range of Innocent smoothies and discuss personal development material that staff had found useful in helping to find their own balance in busy working lives. It was fabulous to see colleagues from all around campus gathering and discussing books and also sharing tips that work well for them.
Summer term wellbeing saw the School getting up and active with the second 'Get Active' Festival! A seven-week long programme of fitness classes for all abilities and levels of fitness hosted in and around campus completely free to all staff who tracked and counted their progress individually or in teams along the way. Activities included roof top yoga, boot camp, body combat, mavericks enjoying local Boom Cycle spinning classes, tennis in Lincoln inn field, touch rugby and hula hooping to mention a few! The ‘Explore London’ walking group were out and about and brain training (mindfulness) helped those who attended benefit from learning how to re-set and focus the mind. Click here for full details.
In addition to this, workshops ran during staff Summer term wellbeing week as part of the School’s Staff Summer Festival, which ran throughout summer. The aim was to help staff take stock of the essential basics we often all forget are important like knowing what wellbeing LSE have on campus for staff in the first place – more than everyone thought, as well as learning more about optimal posture for productivity at work and exploring how to be happy at work too.